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contact_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
1997_CD
movie_NN
i've_???
seen_VBN
the_DT
most_DT
-_-
five_CD
times_NNS
to_IN
be_BE
exact_JJ
._.
four_CD
of_IN
those_DT
times_NNS
were_BED
on_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
,_,
but_CC
even_RB
on_IN
a_DT
tv_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
very_RB
impressive_JJ
film_NN
._.
the_DT
same_DT
can't_MD
be_BE
said_VBN
for_IN
films_NNS
like_IN
independance_NN
day_NN
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
because_CS
contact_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
rare_JJ
example_NN
in_IN
sci-fi_???
filmmaking_NN
where_CS
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
treated_VBN
more_DT
importantly_RB
than_CS
the_DT
special_JJ
effects_NNS
,_,
and_CC
all_PDT
of_IN
us_PP
know_VB
looking_VBG
back_RP
that_DT
id4_???
didn't_DOD
offer_NN
much_DT
outside_JJ
of_IN
some_DT
one-time_JJ
delightful_JJ
eye_NN
candy_NN
._.
contact_NN
's_POS
wonderfully_RB
presented_VBD
story_NN
deals_NNS
with_IN
ellie_NP
arroway_NN
(_(
jodie_NP
foster_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
radio_NN
astronomer_NN
whose_WP$
preference_NN
of_IN
study_NN
involves_VBZ
the_DT
outdated_JJ
technique_NN
of_IN
"_"
merely_RB
listening_VBG
"_"
to_IN
sounds_NNS
out_RP
in_IN
space_NN
._.
her_PP
interest_NN
in_IN
the_DT
field_NN
of_IN
astronomy_NN
developed_VBN
at_IN
a_DT
very_RB
young_JJ
age_NN
,_,
encouraged_VBN
by_IN
her_PP$
loving_JJ
father_NN
,_,
ted_NP
(_(
david_NP
morse_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
let_VB
ellie_NP
use_NN
a_DT
small_JJ
ham_NN
radio_NN
to_IN
pick_NP
up_RP
on_IN
frequencies_NNS
and_CC
communicate_VB
with_IN
people_NN
as_IN
far_RB
away_RB
as_CS
pensacola_NP
,_,
fl_NN
(_(
that_CS
was_BEDZ
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
before_IN
the_DT
days_NNS
of_IN
internet_NN
chat_NN
rooms_NNS
)_)
._.
while_CS
everyone_PN
else_RB
uses_VBZ
modern_JJ
technologies_NNS
to_IN
aid_NN
them_PP
in_IN
the_DT
search_NN
for_IN
extra-terrestrial_JJ
intelligence_NN
(_(
of_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
program_NN
seti_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
acronym_NN
for_IN
)_)
,_,
ellie_NP
prefers_VBZ
to_IN
pop_JJ
on_IN
a_DT
pair_NN
of_IN
headphones_NNS
and_CC
see_VB
what_WDT
she_PP
can_MD
pick_VB
up_RP
on_IN
,_,
keeping_VBG
the_DT
youthful_JJ
magic_NN
and_CC
intrigue_NN
strongly_RB
alive_JJ
._.
ellie_NP
's_POS
strong_JJ
scientific_JJ
basis_NN
essentially_RB
makes_VBZ
her_PP$
an_DT
atheist_NN
,_,
a_DT
belief_NN
likely_JJ
influenced_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
death_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
father_NN
while_CS
she_PP
was_BEDZ
still_RB
quite_RB
young_JJ
._.
in_IN
puerto_NP
rico_NP
,_,
she_PP
meets_VBZ
palmer_NP
joss_???
(_(
matthew_NP
mcconaughey_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
writer_NN
examining_VBG
the_DT
effects_NNS
of_IN
technology_NN
on_IN
the_DT
world_NN
's_POS
overall_JJ
happiness_NN
;_;
a_DT
one-_???
time_NN
seminary_NN
student_NN
who_WP
describes_VBZ
himself_NN
as_IN
"_"
a_DT
man_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cloth_NN
,_,
without_IN
the_DT
cloth_NN
"_"
._.
despite_IN
the_DT
vast_JJ
differences_NNS
in_IN
opinion_NN
regarding_IN
a_DT
"_"
supreme_JJ
being_NN
"_"
,_,
ellie_NP
and_CC
palmer_NP
hit_VBD
it_PP
off_RP
,_,
and_CC
even_RB
take_VB
the_DT
time_NN
to_IN
sleep_NN
together_RB
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
weak_JJ
and_CC
hurried_VBD
relationship_NN
,_,
but_CC
director_NN
zemeckis_NNS
needs_NNS
it_NN
to_IN
add_VB
to_IN
the_DT
plot_NN
later_RBR
on_IN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
dr_NN
._.
david_NP
drumlin_NP
(_(
tom_NP
skerritt_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
has_HVZ
authority_NN
over_IN
seti_NP
but_CC
finds_VBZ
the_DT
program_NN
a_DT
frivolous_JJ
waste_NN
of_IN
time_NN
and_CC
money_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
ready_JJ
to_TO
pull_VB
the_DT
plug_NN
on_IN
any_DT
and_CC
all_RB
seti_NP
funding_NN
._.
this_DT
leaves_NNS
the_DT
passionate_JJ
ellie_NP
searching_NN
for_IN
new_JJ
sponsors_NNS
,_,
eventually_RB
finding_VBG
a_DT
setup_???
in_IN
new_NP
mexico_NP
and_CC
leaving_VBG
palmer_NP
with_IN
no_DT
explanation_NN
,_,
and_CC
only_RB
a_DT
one_CD
night_NN
stand_VB
to_IN
remember_VB
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
in_IN
this_DT
nm_???
city_NN
where_CS
,_,
several_DT
months_NNS
later_RBR
,_,
ellie_NP
finally_RB
picks_VBZ
up_RP
on_IN
a_DT
strong_JJ
signal_NN
from_IN
outer_JJ
space_NN
,_,
perhaps_RB
the_DT
most_DT
profound_JJ
discovery_NN
in_IN
the_DT
history_NN
of_IN
science_NN
._.
when_CS
the_DT
signal_NN
is_BEZ
closely_RB
examined_VBN
,_,
many_DT
new_JJ
developments_NNS
spring_NN
up_IN
,_,
and_CC
before_IN
long_JJ
,_,
drumlin_NP
is_BEZ
stepping_VBG
in_IN
to_IN
take_VB
over_IN
the_DT
operation_NN
he_PP
once_RB
scoffed_VBD
at_IN
._.
eventually_RB
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
concluded_VBN
that_CS
information_NN
in_IN
the_DT
signal_NN
may_MD
be_BE
blueprints_NNS
for_IN
a_DT
transportation_NN
device_NN
used_VBN
to_IN
teleport_NN
an_DT
earthling_NN
to_IN
vega_???
(_)
where_CS
the_DT
signal_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
originated_VBN
)_)
._.
the_DT
media_NN
swarms_NNS
,_,
fanatics_NNS
go_VB
further_JJR
off_IN
the_DT
deep_JJ
end_NN
,_,
scientists_NNS
clamor_NN
for_IN
new_JJ
information_NN
,_,
politicians_NNS
huddle_NN
in_IN
discussion_NN
of_IN
appropriate_JJ
actions_NNS
to_IN
take_VB
,_,
and_CC
presidents_NNS
are_BER
morphed_VBN
into_IN
a_DT
celluloid_NN
reality_NN
(_(
remember_VB
when_CS
zemeckis_NNS
couldn't_MD
get_VB
enough_RB
of_IN
this_DT
in_IN
forrest_NP
gump_???
?_?
)_(
._.
as_CS
if_CS
that_DT
weren't_BED
enough_RB
,_,
ellie_NP
's_POS
discovery_NN
leads_VBZ
her_PP$
to_TO
the_DT
nation_NN
's_POS
capital_NN
where_CS
she_PP
again_RB
runs_VBZ
into_IN
palmer_NP
._.
contact_NN
is_BEZ
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
novel_NN
by_IN
carl_NP
sagan_NP
and_CC
deals_NNS
heavily_RB
with_IN
the_DT
subject_NN
of_IN
science_NN
vs_IN
._.
religion_NN
._.
the_DT
impressive_JJ
thing_NN
is_BEZ
how_WRB
well_RB
both_RB
aspects_NNS
are_BER
presented_VBN
,_,
with_IN
no_DT
signs_NNS
of_IN
bias_NN
._.
arguments_NNS
for_IN
both_PDT
sides_NNS
are_BER
intelligent_JJ
,_,
solid_JJ
,_,
and_CC
thought-provoking_VBG
._.
when_CS
palmer_NP
joins_VBZ
a_DT
selection_NN
committee_NN
to_IN
choose_VB
an_DT
ambassador_NN
to_IN
vega_???
(_)
of_IN
which_WDT
ellie_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
leading_JJ
candidate_NN
)_)
,_,
personal_JJ
convictions_NNS
play_VB
a_DT
more_DT
important_JJ
role_NN
than_CS
love_NN
interests_NNS
._.
the_DT
question_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
can_VB
a_DT
person_NN
who_WP
doesn't_DOZ
believe_VB
in_IN
god_NN
truly_RB
be_BE
the_DT
best_JJS
representative_NN
of_IN
earth_NN
when_CS
90_CD
%_NN
of_IN
the_DT
planet_NN
*_???
does_DOZ
*_???
believe_VB
in_CD
a_DT
higher_JJR
power_NN
?_?
even_RB
when_CS
the_DT
film_NN
wraps_RB
up_RP
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
uncertain_JJ
whether_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
meant_VBN
to_IN
play_NN
as_IN
an_DT
advocate_NN
for_IN
religion_NN
,_,
science_NN
,_,
both_RB
,_,
or_CC
even_RB
neither_RB
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
our_PP$
modern_JJ
day_NN
society_NN
where_CS
"_"
right_JJ
and_CC
wrong_JJ
"_"
is_BEZ
only_RB
opinion_NN
(_(
at_IN
least_DT
speaking_VBG
"_"
politically_RB
correctly_RB
"_"
)_(
,_,
the_DT
ambiguity_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
incentive_NN
._.
don't_DO
get_VB
me_PP
wrong_JJ
._.
as_CS
much_DT
as_IN
it_PP
sounds_NNS
like_IN
it_PP
,_,
contact_NN
isn't_BEZ
merely_RB
a_DT
theology_NN
class_NN
rolled_VBD
into_IN
a_DT
reel_NN
of_IN
film_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
*_???
highly_RB
*_???
enjoyable_JJ
two_CD
and_CC
a_DT
half_NN
hours_NNS
._.
despite_IN
its_PP$
seemingly_RB
heavy_JJ
issues_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
tedious_JJ
undertaking_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
the_DT
special_JJ
effects_NNS
are_BER
outstanding_JJ
,_,
though_CS
(_(
warning_NN
!_!
)_)
highly_RB
depreciated_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
small_JJ
screen_NN
._.
even_RB
so_RB
,_,
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
subtle_JJ
visual_JJ
effects_NNS
(_(
that_CS
will_NN
likely_JJ
go_VB
unnoticed_JJ
by_IN
many_DT
)_)
are_BER
even_RB
more_RBR
impressive_JJ
than_CS
ones_NNS
more_DT
recognizable_JJ
as_IN
"_"
sci-fi_???
"_"
._.
the_DT
storytelling_NN
is_BEZ
rich_JJ
and_CC
complete_JJ
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
there_EX
are_BER
moments_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
that_CS
feel_VB
quite_RB
pretentious_JJ
(_(
and_CC
at_IN
times_NNS
,_,
even_RB
hokey_NP
)_)
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
easily_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
1997_CD
films_NNS
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
sci-fi_???
films_NNS
i've_???
ever_RB
seen_VBN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
zemeckis_NP
'_"
best_JJS
since_CS
back_NN
to_IN
the_DT
future_NN
,_,
and_CC
for_IN
those_DT
of_IN
us_PP
who_WP
actually_RB
know_VB
that_CS
forrest_NP
gump_???
was_BEDZ
astronomically_JJ
overrated_JJ
,_,
zemeckis_NP
now_RB
has_HVZ
real_JJ
reason_NN
to_IN
boast_NN
._.